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Dick Whittington was drawn not by me but my ex-chap, Mr FND. I get the commission though, bless him!

Style: Photo Notebook (80 Pages B&W)

Organize your day with a custom notebook! Made with your images and text on the front cover, this notebook is a great way to show off your personal style and keep track of all important notes and appointments all at once.

  • Dimensions: 6.5″ x 8.75″
  • Cover printed in vibrant, sharp color
  • 80 black & white lined pages
  • Lay flat spiral binding

Source: Turn Again, Whittington Spiral Notebook | Zazzle

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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‘To her alarm she heard the clock strike twelve. She fled from the ball-room; but in a moment the coach changed again to a pumpkin, the horses to mice, the coachman and postilion to rats, the footmen to lizards, and Cinderella’s beautiful dress to her old shabby clothes…

Source: Cinderella Plate V Postcard | Zazzle

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


FROM THE ARCHIVE 28th February 2013 – And I still haven’t done any more drawing!

The Lady in the Big Hat #1 Personalized Announcements by FirstNightDesign I am delighted to tell you that I have just sold one hundred invitations of  The Lady in the Big Hat. I often used to draw …

Source: The Lady in the Big Hat Invites You… | First Night Design

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Sarah


Style: Coffee Mug Set

It’s a match made in heaven for this lovers’ mug set! Made to perfectly fit together, this ceramic mug set is a great gift for a wedding, anniversary, Valentine’s Day, Sweetest Day, or any other special occasion. The heart-shaped handles on each mug add an extra touch of love to this already very romantic gift! Customize with your pictures, photos, and text to make a one-of-a-kind mug set that will be cherished for years.

  • 8-ounce capacity
  • Dimension: 3.8”h x 3.2”diameter
  • 100% ceramic construction
  • Meets or exceeds FDA requirements for food and beverage safety
  • Printed on demand by the Photo USA team in Fremont, California

Source: Valentine Seahorses Coffee Mug Set | Zazzle

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Sarah


Vision and Bite Update; No great fall-out from the removal of the wisdom (apart from the actual tooth) but my left eye is not as good as it was over the weekend. Hey, diddle diddle! Onwards, upwards.

Size: Greeting Card

Birthdays or holidays, good days or bad days, Zazzle’s customized greeting cards are the perfect way to convey your well-wishes and salutations on any occasion. Add a photo or pick a design and brighten someone’s day with a simple “hi”!

  • Dimensions: 5″l x 7″w (portrait) or 7″l x 5″w (landscape)
  • Printed on 110 lb, 12.5 point thick, semi-gloss paper
  • Matte finish inside for smudge-free writing
  • Add photos and text to all sides of this folded card at no extra charge
  • Printable area on the back of the card is 3″l x 4″w (portrait) or 4″l x 3″w (landscape)
  • Standard white envelopes included

Source: Punch & Judy Story Plate I Greeting Card | Zazzle

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Sarah


Taken from original copper-plate engravings for Mr Pug’s Visit; or, the Disasters of Mr. Punch, published in 1806 by J. Harris on the corner of St. Paul’s Church Yard.

Layout: Single Page

Make each day an important occasion with a customized calendar from Zazzle. You can add photos for each month, and even use our Calendar Grid Transparency to mark off important family and life events. A great gift to hand out or just to hang in your home or office!

  • Available in 2 sizes:
    • Small: 11”l x 7″w
    • Medium: 17”l x 11″w
  • Printed on sturdy high-quality paper with vibrant full-color, full-bleed printing
  • Choose from 16 unique grid styles, 21 language & culture styles and 4 holiday & event templates
  • Pick your own year, start and end dates, and calendar length
  • Wire binding available 7 different colors
  • Perfect holiday gift for family members

Source: Punch & Judy Calendar | Zazzle

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Original & vintage art © First Night Design [www.firstnightdesign.wordpress.com]

Source: The Little Glass Slipper 1 Postcard | Zazzle

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Sarah


Original & vintage art © First Night Design [www.firstnightdesign.wordpress.com]

Source: La Poire #2 Label | Zazzle

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Sarah



Original & vintage art © First Night Design [www.firstnightdesign.wordpress.com]

Source: Pied Piper Collage Binder | Zazzle

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Sarah


In 1865, a Victorian mathematician wrote a fairy tale that would go on to live parallel lives as one of the world’s most beloved children’s books and a modernist masterwork of philosophy that mushrooms its yield of wisdom with each reading — one of humanity’s very few works, alongside perhaps Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, which subtly and seamlessly fuse art, science, and philosophy.

Nearly a century later, in a 1961 lecture titled “Where Do We Go from Here,” Marcel Duchamp prophesied that..

Source: Salvador Dalí’s Rare 1969 Illustrations for “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” Rediscovered and Resurrected – Brain Pickings


Romare Bearden “Dream of Exile”

If you’re any kind of artist, you make a miraculous journey, and you come back and make some statements in shapes and colors of where you…

Source: ART QUOTES: What is an Artist? | THE REMODERN REVIEW


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Parrot in a Gilded Cage Double-Sided Standard Business Cards (Pack Of 100) by FirstNightDesign

When I posted The Merry Widow image the other week, BeetleyPete assumed (it was a compliment) that I had coloured the central image. In fact, I hadn’t, and the colours were on the original Play Pictorial Cover. However, Parrot in a Gilded Cage is a different matter. The illustration is a black & white sketch from one of my vintage Children’s Encyclopaedia and I coloured it. So there you go, Pete!

Parrot Quote Greeting Card
Parrot Quote Greeting Card by FirstNightDesign

Available at the following galleries:
Zazzle US
Zazzle UK

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


FROM THE ARCHIVE March 2014

What a surprise! More cushions. I can own up to all except for Humpty Dumpty, which is a delightful illustration by Mr FND — do check out his  pantomime drawings.

Source: First Night Design | Cushion Obsession


Satan in Eden (p. 37)

Gustav Dore (1832 – 1883) was one of the pre-eminent illustrators of the Victorian age. Born in Paris, and working mainly through wooden engraved prints he produced illustrations for everyone from Byron to Edgar Allen Poe. The beautiful prints below depict scene’s in Milton’s Paradise Lost. They may have been from the 50 plates he produced for an 1866 edition of Paradise Lost, or later re-publishings. I picked these up for a song Spitafield’s Market. There were more on sale, and I kick myself to this day for not buying more of them…

Source: Gustav Dore’s Illustrations for John Milton’s Paradise Lost (1866, Cassell & Co)


Vampire Quote Flasks
Vampire Quote Flasks

“I can resist everything except temptation.”

This was one of my very first designs, which I created by hand-colouring a vintage bat from my Picture Book of Animals.

Vampire Quote Greeting Card
Vampire Quote Greeting Card

Vampire Quote Double-Sided Standard Business Cards (Pack Of 100)
Vampire Quote Double-Sided Standard Business Cards (Pack Of 100)

Vampire Quote Standard Cocktail Napkin
Vampire Quote Standard Cocktail Napkin

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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